Storymaking - suitable for 3-6s
Interactive Storytelling, Games and Craft
Learn how to make a simple newspaper puppet, how to puppeteer it as a pair and take it on an adventure. Storyteller Liz Felton chooses from her story ingredients to see where you go, who you meet and how you get home again. Lots of joining in with movements and sound.
2 pieces of newspaper (or A4 paper or scrap paper)
Some tape (masking or sellotape)
Wool, tissue paper and glue optional
Episode Two: Story Ingredients
Using the idea from the last session learn how to make your own set of story ingredients and how to use them to make up stories with your children. Along the way you will play plenty of games to explore characters, emotions, places and objects.
Newspaper puppet from last session (optional)
4 plastic bowls (or empty jars)
Some paper (A4 or notebook or scrap)
Optional colour pencils or pens
Episode Three: Snail Adventures
Listen to a well known children's story read by Liz Felton and join us as we look at how to extend the adventure. Make a snail puppet followed by a giant map of the world (this could be on paper or outside with chalk, or inside using tape or objects). Take your snails on a fantastical journey and learn how to take down these stories and keep them forever.
Newspaper (or equivalent such as A4 or tissue paper or a notebook)
Tape (masking or sellotape)
Or objects like scarves, cushions, fabric
Paper & pen
Episode Four: Transform your Space
Our final adventure follows our puppet Jasper to a castle using techniques from all the previous sessions. Create a map of your house but label it to become somewhere else...Make a key and a keyhole and you have your way in to your magical place. Enjoy the ride.
Newspaper puppet from previous session (optional)
Card kite - diamond shape - with piece of string or wool (optional)
2 pieces of paper (big if you have it)
Marker pen/felt pens
2 pieces of card for key & keyhole (can be paper, can use a real key)
Paper & pen
Nina & The Magic Key - suitable for 5-9s
Interactive Storytelling and Drama Games
Join Nina as she discovers a letter from a family member who she didn't think she would ever see again. She is set the mission of setting off around the world in search of two important items that will save the planet. She has a magic key that will take her through Number 10 doors.
Episode Two: The Amazon
Nina travels somewhere very hot, shares her favourite book and meets someone very important to her mission.
You will need:
scarf for a seatbelt
2 toilet rolls for binoculars
Episode Three: The Arctic
Help Nina survive in the coldest of places, build your own den and share your favourite stories. Will Nina survive when she comes face to face with one of the scariest Arctic predators?
You will need:
Piece of paper
Den building materials
Torch and book
Episode Four: The Final No. 10
Her mission is almost complete but you must now help her to turn back time and take her research to a final important Number 10.
You will need:
Paper & Pen for making 12 clock numbers
Paper & card , scissors and pens for making key & keyhole
Paper for making Conservation poster
Paper for making Feeling Good List
What Lies Beneath - suitable for 7-12s
Chapter Readings of an unpublished novel with follow-up activities that needs paper & pens
Join Ida Bright as she adjusts to her move and discovers something magical beneath her new house. Follow-up activities include making your own stories in a bottle.
Part Two: Chapters 4-6
Ida has stepped inside one of her discovered stories and life will never be the same again. Activities include drawing a villain and creating a monolgue.
Part Three: Chapters 7-8
Ida tries to flee and makes a new friend when she finds the underwater prison. Activities include a guardian's fact file, becoming this character and writing dialogue.
Part Four: Chapters 9-11
Ida must return to her own world and take a closer look at her discovery and how her life will now continue. Activities include making your own story ingredients and story dice. You may need bowls/jam jars and some card for these.
Character Creating - suitable for 8-14s
Drama workshops the children can take part in on their own or with friends.
Create a character through illustration and fact file. Write two monologues for this character to perform.
Episode Two: Dialogue
Revisit the same character and this time think about who they would would speak to and write dialogue for these moments.
Episode Three: Text Delivery
Create stories through visualisation and letter writing. Make decisions about text delivery playing with volume and pace.
Episode Four: Physical Characters
Explore different ways of moving your body to create characters and make you own mask to neautralise your facial expressions and focus on your body language as a tool.
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To congratulate yourselves on surviving two whole months of Lockdown & home schooling and making it to May Half Term, join us for a Special Story Quiz! Ideal for 7-12s but suitable for the whole family.
Join Milo on his adventure through the Quiztacle Course that mysteriously appears in his midnight garden. Questions and challenges to join in with at home that take Milo through miniature and gigantic lands, across frozen and tropical trails. There's even a Lego round for all you building enthusiasts!
You will need paper and pen and possibly a pipe cleaner, a blindfold and a heap of Lego for some of the other challenges. (Lego challenge can be completed with play dough or pen and paper.)